A great deal of leagues start (season proper) in late March or early April so coaches have enough time to have their players in peak or reasonable condition for the start of the season.
A few basic ideas below.
Remember: The only Limits we have, we place on ourselves
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Training session options
• For those players who find it difficult to motivate themselves to train or simply do not know what type of training will assist the improvement of their fitness, there are ideas on the forward pages to help you.
• There should be no excuses for your Football Club to not be the best prepared team in your League. But to achieve this we require the commitment of everyone. The question is:
• Are we prepared to work harder and smarter than we did last year? If we are not we simply won’t achieve what we are capable of. What a waste that would be.
• If we are ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
- Short and long distance
- Aim for quality (technique) not plodding for 6-8 km
- Sprint work such as 5 x 50m, 5 x 75m and 5 x 100m in a session
- Fartlek running is beneficial especially if you are running K's
- Agility running and changing direction
- Shuttle runs
- Run the golf course from tee to green
- Try to run on grass as much as you can (oval, golf course, running track)
- Hill running (mullock heaps etc)
- Make improving your leg strength a priority
- Make sure you train with a partner
- Make the most of the weights you have at your Club.
- A great way of working on your strength, endurance and power
- Stations could include chin ups, push ups, squats, medicine ball, punching bag, step ups, various weights exercises, shuttle runs, etc
- Takes the pressure off your legs
- Good to help with recovery
- Running in the water is also great for fitness
- Again will help take the stress off your body as you won’t be pounding on the hard roads
- Run Ride. In pairs one rides one runs, biker rides for approx. one k, jumps off bike and starts running, the runner sees the bike (side of the road) Jumps on and peddles away.
Continue to swap to cover the distant you selected. (Min 10 K)
- Make sure you train on both flat roads and hills
- It is important to handle the football as much as you can
- Basic skill, work with mates for kicking, handballing and marking with a focus on technique
The best time to train is when you think the opposition won’t be. That’s when you know that you will be gaining the greatest advantage. This year could be the best of your football career so far, but only if you are prepared.
If it is to be, it is up to me – No Excuses.
Have a great Season.